In my experience going up to Level 2, my quantity of sales decreased, but the quality of sales increased dramatically.
When I was a new seller, or level 1 seller, I was getting a lot of people who wanted the world for $5. Now that I’m a level 2 seller, most of my clients are expecting the best, but willing to pay for it. My average selling price as level 1 seller was ~$10. My average selling price across all orders as level 2 seller is now ~$37.
Here’s what I think is happening, based on my own personal shopping on fiverr experience:
People who are willing to pay more for quality service, like myself, search for their service, but filter to level 2 or TRS. If I’m going to spend more money, I want assurances my final result is going to be quality and at least in America, more cost is generally equivocal to higher quality.
So I may get fewer messages, fewer orders, but the messages and orders I get are clients who want quality and are willing to pay for it. I’d much rather have them than someone who asks if I can optimize their website speed for $5 and it’s never ever fast enough for them.
Hope this trend happens for you as well!